Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Blossoms

I basically can't think of Halloween these days without singing, "Werewolf bar mitzvah, spooky scary.  Boys becoming men.  Men becoming wolves."  In fact, I think I have a larger scale problem of thinking exclusively in 30 Rock quotes.  Actually, is that a problem?  Or is it awesome?  Yeah, it's definitely awesome.  I'm glad we settled that.

So these little babies are just delightful.  Imagine if you will, a chewy, delectable cookie seasoned with the warmth of Pumpkin Pie Spice and topped with a pumpkin and white chocolate dream.  A dream I say!  They're just a perfect bite of fall and easy enough to make while you watch Hocus Pocus.  And really, that should be the litmus test to any Halloween treat:  Can I make this while watching Hocus Pocus?  

Omg you guys, now I want to Hocus Pocus LIKERIGHTNOW.  Do you ever think of movies the way you think of certain comfort food?  Like, watching something you've seen a thousand times relaxes you and feels familiar?  No?  Just me?  Well, Hocus Pocus is on my "comfort movie" list.  Right along with When Harry Met Sally and Ratatouille and Gone With The Wind and basically any Christmas movie ever made.  Oh boy, don't get me started on Christmas movies!  

But really, can we talk about Christmas movies now?

Here's the recipe!

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 package Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses, unwrapped
1/2 cup granulated sugar, for rolling cookies in

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
2.  Unwrap pumpkin spice Kisses and place them in a bowl in the freezer until ready to use (this will cause them to melt slower when placed in the cookie). Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl for rolling cookies in and set aside.
3.  In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
4.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.  With the mixer on low, gradually add in small batches to the butter mixture, until just combined.
5.  Scoop dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls, roll in sugar, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes until puffed and slightly golden.
6.  Remove from oven, flatten just slightly with the back of a spoon and allow to cool three minutes still on the pan.  After three minutes, gently push a frozen pumpkin spice kiss into the center. The Kisses will get shiny and start to melt after a few minutes.   If they continue melting too quickly, you can put the whole baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes to set them up.  


Recipe adapted slightly from Baker Girl.  

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